The State We're In, 23 June 2012. A teacher in the UK turns around a problem class, only to get fired. A teacher in Mexico sings songs to keep her class calm during a shooting. And a South African journalist believes that her ancestors may be calling her to become a sangoma, or traditional healer. But it's a calling she’d rather not heed.
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When teacher Leonora Rustamova in Britain agreed to teach the class no-one else wanted, she had no idea what she was in for. Leonora - or Miss Rusty, as her students called her - couldn’t get them to read anything: until she wrote a book about them. It was a huge success. And then... she got fired.
Miss Rusty on Channel Four News.
Martha Rivera Alanis isn’t exactly the kind of person who’d seek fame on YouTube.
She’s a dedicated kindergarten teacher in Monterrey, Mexico.
Earlier this year, gunfire from drug gangs came dangerously close to her class full of five and six-year-olds.
She tells Jonathan how she sang to her students to keep them calm – and how a video of the incident was seen by millions around the world.
There has always been a traditional healer, or sangoma, in Lesego Mangwanyane’s family.
And she believes - in fact fears - that her ancestors’ voices may be calling her to become one. But she’s resisting their call. View photos.
Read more about Lesego's story in RNW's Global Perspective series - in association with SAFM in South Africa.